Autism Diagnosis and Treatment Available at Good Samaritan
November 17, 2011
(West Islip, NY) – With 1 in every 110 children diagnosed with autism, the need for effective treatment plans is tremendous. Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s Center for Pediatric Specialty Care is a centralized resource that coordinates the multidisciplinary needs of this growing population. The various areas of expertise include cardiology, neurology, pulmonology, endocrinology, hematology, gastroenterology, infant/child development and sleep disorders.
“There is no time like the present to address the ongoing cost of raising an autistic child. The new autism insurance bill signed by Governor Cuomo will provide New Yorkers with better insurance coverage for early screening and treatment for autism, which will help this population as a whole,” stated Sarita Duchatelier, MD, Chief of Child Neurology at Good Samaritan’s Center for Pediatric Specialty Care. “As with any disease, early diagnosis and treatment are essential to ensuring a better quality of life for individuals with autism.”
“Having access to many different services at one location has had a positive effect on my daughter, Makiya. Autism affects the entire family and we have seen significant results since Makiya began her treatment with Dr. Duchatelier,” stated Lisa Maynard.
Autism is a complex developmental disorder that affects language and social behavior. It is what is known as a “spectrum disorder”, which means it shows itself differently in each person and with varying degrees of intensity. For parents of young children, learning about this increasingly prevalent disorder could have an enormous positive impact if a child shows signs of autism and is evaluated early.
A pediatrician may refer a child to Good Samaritan’s Center for Pediatric Specialty care when further testing and diagnosis are needed. For more information, please call (631) 376 4444.